Top Attractions in Barcelona
Top Attractions in Barcelona
A city like Barcelona has plenty to offer in terms of food, festivals, adventures and events. From football to food, Barcelona has a charm of its own and it is unique in one aspect or the other. Partly because, Spain has been through such a glorious time in the history and as different people governed the country, all of them left an indelible mark on the country which has led to a diverse culture and a unique history. Barcelona, has so many churches and parks and the buildings here are simply incredible, also, it houses some of the best restaurants in the entire world offering mouth-watering delicacies. Thanks to Antoni Gaudi, his works are a piece and spread all over the city rendering it with colourful and some intricate architecture at the same time. Visiting Barcelona is definitely a lifetime experience and a stunning joyride.
La Sagarda Familia:
Found on every visitor's ‘must-see’ list, La Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece built by Antoni Gaudí, attracting around 2.8 million visitors per year. The structure of this building is inspired by its sheer verticality and the style is related to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and Catalan Noucentisme or Art Nouveau. Even though a staggering number of people visit La Sagrada every year, the structure is still under construction despite its century-long standing, and has been estimated to finish any time between 2020 and 2040.
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Park Güell is considered as one of Gaudi’s most artistic works. Situated on the top of Carmel Hill, visitors need to go through a long uphill walk in order to view this beauty or they can hire a taxi for the same. Originally, the park was going to be converted into a residential garden village consisting of around 60 houses. But this plan did not materialize and eventually, Guelli’s family donated this park to the city, making it public.
Considered as one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, Casa Batlló was remodelled in the 19th century and is a stunning piece of architecture. With a fairy-tale exterior, the interior of the building is just as mystical. Located in the center of the city, the building was originally constructed in 1877 and redesigned in the year of 1904 by Gaudi himself. Thereafter, it has been refurbished repeatedly, with the contribution of Gaudi’s assistants to the renovation. The ground floor of the building has irregular oval windows with sculpted stonework, whereas the roof of the building is arched and resembles the back of a dragon.
Plaça de Catalunya:
Plaça de Catalunya is considered as the city center as well as the meeting point of the old city and the 19th century-built architecture. Famous for its fountains and statues, proximity to major attractions of the city and a viewpoint for flocks of pigeons gathering in the center, this destination ought to be on every traveler's list. The plaza covers an area of 50,000 square meters and various important streets and avenues of the city meet here.
Home to the FC Barcelona, Estadio Camp Nou was built between the years of 1954 and 1957. The stadium’s capacity has been flickering over time and decreased to 99,354, but it still is the largest stadium in Spain. Even though the football matches rope in a huge crowd, the stadium is used for other purposes as well. This venue is well-known for Pope John Paul's declaration as an honorary citizen of Barcelona, U2's first performance and the legendary Michael Jackson's appearance on one of his tours.
With its roots dating back to 1640, the castle is built on top of the Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona. This old military fortress now serves as a municipal facility and a famous tourist attraction because of the fantastic view it offers. The castle is renowned for its Catalan history because of its role in the civil war from 1936 to 1939. It was later converted into a military museum in the 20th century. The former watchtower that was used as a fortress was converted into a castle in 1694 and has always been central to various military events.
Also known as Plaza de España in Spanish, it is one of the most important squares in Barcelona. This architectural marvel dates back to 1929 when it was built on the occasion of International Exhibition. The fountain located in the middle of the square had been designed by Josef Maria Jujol, a collaborator of Antoni Gaudi, that adds to the beauty. One of the city's major squares, it is also a junction of several major thoroughfares.
Mirador de Colom:
At the lower end of La Rambla stands this 197-feet tall monument of Christopher Columbus. Built in 1888, Mirador de Colom is one of the significant landmarks of the area erected as an homage to Columbus, who chose to step off at the port of Barcelona on his way back from America. Inside the monument lies a lift made in the Corinthian style of architecture that raises up to 51 meters to the viewpoint of the monument, providing a scenic 360-degree view of the city. Above this viewpoint stands the statue of Christopher Columbus holding a navigational chart in his left palm while pointing towards America with his right one.
The last civil work of Antony Gaudi, Casa Mila was built between the years 1906 and 1912 and is reckoned as one of the most eccentric creations of the famous architect. Popularly known as La Pedrera, the building was originally built for the married couple, Roser Segimon and Pera Mila which they sold off in the year 1940 after the death of Pera Mila. The roof of the building is one of the most striking features and is crowned with skylights, staircase exits and fans. There is not even a single straight edge if you take a look at the exterior of this masterpiece and it continues towards the interior which gives a peculiar look to the structure.
Antoni Gaudi, a famous Spanish Catalan architect, designed this mansion between 1886 and 1888 for the industrial tycoon, Eusebi Güell. The front iron gates feature a parabolic arch and complex patterns that resemble seaweed and a horsewhip in some parts. The ornate walls and ceilings of the entering room disguise small viewing windows. This UNESCO site should definitely be a part of your itinerary while visiting Barcelona.